It's back, and bigger than ever! On Thursday, October 27, baristas from all over Kentucky and Tennessee will converge on the central location of Bowling Green, Ky., for the fifth annual Kentucky/Tennessee Latte Art Throwdown & Caffeination Celebration. Last year, we raised over $1,500 for the Center for Courageous Kids, a nonprofit camp that serves children and families with all sorts of special needs. (With two sons on the autism spectrum, my own family has utilized the camp and can personally vouch for its awesomeness!) 

The bracket for this year's KYTN has been expanded to a madness-esque 64, and we'll have two La Marzocco machines running full steam to keep the early rounds moving swiftly. And, thanks to the wonder of technology, you can reserve your spot in the bracket today, using the form to the right!  Prizes packages for first through third places are amazing (and listed below), and there will also be drawings for second-chance prizes among competitors who don't make the final three. We'll have beer on tap, food available from Steamer Seafood's S.S. Dinghy mobile kitchen, coffee from some of the region's finest roasters and much more.

Doors for the event will open at 6p Central time (baristas may enter a little sooner), with first pours starting at 6:30p. Buy-in for the throwdown is $10, and every single penny goes to the great work at CCK. Click here to RSVP and share via Facebook; follow @kytn5 on Instagram for updates on the event, and tag us with your best practice pours!


FIRST PLACE, "The Coffee Conqueror": Baratza Virtuoso Grinder, Bonavita 5-cup Auto Brewer, Hario Drip Scale, Saint Anthony Industries Apron, La Marzocco Home pack (5-panel hat, tee, towel, and trio of handmade ceramic cups), Barista Magazine subscription, and La Colombe Draft Latte 4-pack. | Est. cash value: $$$$

SECOND PLACE, "The Artisan Brewer": Acaia Pearl Scale, Fellow Pouring Kettle, Science Coffee Pourover Stand, Hario V60, Rhinowares Steaming Pitcher, La Marzocco Home pack (knit cap, tee, pair of handmade ceramic cups), Barista Magazine subscription, and La Colombe Draft Latte 4-pack. | Est. cash value: $$$

THIRD PLACE, "The Bespoke Barista": Saint Anthony Industries Shot Collar distribution tool, Levy puck-style tamper, and apron; Brewista Smart Scale, Rhinowares Steaming Pitcher, La Marzocco Home tee and handmade ceramic cup, Barista Magazine subscription, and La Colombe Draft Latte 4-pack. | Est. cash value: $$

SECOND-CHANCE PRIZES (drawn at random from the fallen): Mahlgut Tamper, Science Portakey barista tool, Hario x Hiroshi Latte Art Pitcher, Misc. Goods Co. Ceramic Flask, La Colombe Draft Latte 4-pack

The KYTN Throwdown is presented by these fine sponsors — buy their stuff! 

La Marzocco USA |  Prima Coffee Equipment |  Baratza
Saint Anthony Industries Ltd |  Barista Magazine |  Sunergos Coffee, Micro-Roastery
Brew Global |  Acaia |  La Colombe Torrefaction |  Misc. Goods Co. | Science Coffee

*Prize packs subject to change slightly, but most likely won't. 


If you have any questions, please text 270.535.5859 and we will get back to you in a few minutes.

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